Public gives input to DOTD on roadway improvements for cyclists

Public give input to DOTD on roadway improvements for cyclists

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The public shared its input Thursday in Baton Rouge on how to improve bike facilities on roadways across Louisiana.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) is hosting the meeting as officials update their long-range bicycle plan.

The plan aims to address bike needs based on demand, service and the public's input.  DOTD might be willing to build facilities that might promote cycling through Baton Rouge.

The information gathered Thursday will be turned over to DOTD engineers and designers and used as they make decisions about projects.

"This project is focused on the state highway network, which makes up about 20 percent of all roads in Louisiana," said Ellen Soll with Soll Planning. "Most of them are mostly rural and function quite well for cyclists, but we do see a level of service that is much lower in urban areas."

The meetings are happening in cities across the state and are open to bike advocates, club members, avid cyclists and the everyday bike rider.

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